Manikkam “Bala” Balasingham
Bala was raised in Malaysia as a Hindu. His mother became a Christian late in life and prayed earnestly for her son to receive Jesus as his Savior. Bala began seeking the One True God in college and, after much study and research, gave his life to Christ. He received both a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago and taught at the Malaysian Bible Seminary and at Singapore Bible College. He and his wife, Carol, married in 1969 and are Regional Directors for Muslim Ministry in Southeast Asia through EFCA’s missions arm, ReachGlobal. Bala and Carol began attending here in 2007 and have been involved in ABFs and Community Groups for several years. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.
Taylor Clark has been a member of Austin Oaks Church since 1995. A native of Dallas, Taylor is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance in 1981. He began his career in the energy sector and moved to Austin in 1987. Today, Taylor owns and operates a company that is primarily involved in the renewable energy business. Since he began attending Austin Oaks Church, Taylor has served in various roles as a volunteer and leader. He has previously served two terms on the Elder Board. He has been a small group leader, an usher and a member of the Building Commission. He also was instrumental as a Youth Ministry volunteer in conducting the search of our current Youth Pastor. Taylor and his wife, Gayle have been married 19 years and enjoy their children, Ryan, Cole, and Bailey.
Jon was raised in a Christian home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and his mom led him to Christ in 1974. Jon studied physics in college and graduated from Baylor University in 1989 and the University of Texas in 1995, and he currently works for a software company in Austin. Jon and his wife, Susan, were married in 1990 and have two children. They started attending FEFC in 1990 and have served as ABF class leaders, Children’s Ministry teachers and new member Interviewers. Jon teaches in ABFs and is involved in a men’s discipleship group.
Hollis Jefferies has been a member of Austin Oaks Church since 1976. He first began attending the church in 1969 when he was a student at The University of Texas at Austin and the church was known as First Evangelical Free Church of Austin. During that time, he met Carla Lind, a lifelong member of the church. They were married in 1974. Their family consists of two married adult children and five grandchildren. Hollis is a native Texan, born and raised in a Christian home in Corpus Christi. As a child, he attended Wesley United Methodist Church, and today he still values the traditional form of worship. He graduated from UT in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and has spent 43 years as a Financial Advisor with A G Edwards, which eventually merged with Wells Fargo Advisors. Hollis has previously served two terms on the Elder Board. He is serving currently as a member of the church's Finance and Building Commissions. In 2002 Hollis and Carla started the Harvest Class, an ABF for Young Marrieds.
Richard was raised in a Christian home in Austin and accepted the gospel at age 10. He attended St. Edward’s University where he graduated with degrees in Political Science and English Writing. Richard is the founder and president of a local technology development firm. He began attending here when it was located on Red River Street and became a member in 2002. Since coming to Austin Oaks, Richard has been involved in Men’s Ministry, New Life in Christ prison ministry and the Usher team. He and his wife, Toi, also volunteer their time leading Bible studies through Bible Study Fellowship International.
Andy grew up in Farmington, Michigan. He accepted Christ in 1977 and joined a campus discipleship ministry which led to a lifelong love of small groups. After graduating with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, he enjoyed a wild 26 year ride in the high-tech industry. Andy now leads their family-owned real estate brokerage. Andy and his wife, Julia, met and married in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984 and have three grown sons Eric, Ian & Tyler. After moving to Austin in 2005, they found their way to our church in 2007 where they have served as leaders & servants in the Raising Teens & Harvest ABFs, Small Group Ministry, and Children's Ministry.
Scott was raised in a Christian home with his parents and two brothers in Washington, PA where his father was a minister. Scott doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t know that Christ was his Savior. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1985 with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1999, Scott and his family moved to Austin where he took a position with Jacobs Engineering Group. Scott and his wife, Marian, were married in 1993 and have three children. They joined our church in 2002, and Scott has served as an Usher and Community Group Leader since coming to the church.